From Bryan Singer’s awful adaptation in 2006 to the unforgettable Superman: The Movie starring the iconic Christopher Reeves, the Man of Steel franchise sure has experienced its ups and downs over the years. Outside of maybe only Spider-Man and Batman, Supes is without a doubt one of the most notorious superheroes in the entire world, which is why it’s so frustrating to watch Warner Bros. mishandle the iconic hero time after time.
“They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you… my only son.” Jor-El
While we wait for DC Comics and Warner Bros. to figure out who will replace Henry Cavill as the next Man of Steel, join us as we rank the eight best Superman movies, from worst to best. Enjoy!
8. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Unquestionably the worst Superman film ever made, 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was so bad that it effectively killed the franchise for 20 years. It literally took a generation to get over this fiasco. And what a fiasco it was. This absolutely horrible movie, which was produced by a different production company than the one that made the first three Superman movies, Lex Luthor creates an evil solar-powered version of Superman called Nuclear Man. This plot is meant to be a jumping off point for a message about nuclear disarmament, and indeed the film contains a cringe-worthy scene where Superman makes such a plea in front of the United Nations. But this movie isn’t just bad because it’s preachy. It also has a terrible script, cheap special effects, and very weird casting choices – including Jon Cryer as Lex’s nephew Lenny Luthor. Need we say more? This movie is so bad, it is on many film critics list of the worst movies ever made. Trust us, skip it.